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SC ruling: Lucena mayor out, vice mayor in

Case took 3 years to finish as next polls 5 months away

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RAMON Talaga, former Lucena vice mayor and husband of ousted Mayor Barbara Talaga, talks to reporters in his wife’s office. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

LUCENA CITY—The Supreme Court (SC) has denied an appeal by the mayor of this city to keep her seat in a case that dragged on for nearly three years and which came to conclusion just five months before the city’s voters again pick who their next mayor would be.

Mayor Barbara Talaga lost her appeal at the high court against a ruling that unseated her for an invalid candidacy. Barbara substituted for her husband, Ramon, who in 2010 came to the end of his term limit but went on to file a certificate of candidacy.

The high court upheld a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling declaring that Barbara’s candidacy was as invalid as her husband’s attempt to run for a fourth term. The Constitution limits the stay in office of local officials to three three-year terms.

According to a notice issued by SC clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer on Saturday, the high court, in an en banc session on Nov. 13, issued a resolution denying with finality Talaga’s motion for reconsideration filed on Nov. 6.

The court resolution said “no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision.” The court said it would no longer entertain any further pleading.

On Oct. 9. 2012, the SC affirmed a decision of the Comelec en banc on May 20, 2011, that annulled the election and proclamation of Talaga as mayor of Lucena and canceled the certificate of canvass that declared her the winner of the May 10, 2010 election.

The Comelec resolution also granted the petition by Talaga’s vice mayor, Roderick Alcala, asking the court to order Talaga to leave office and install Alcala as mayor.

Alcala said he would wait for the Department of Interior and Local Government to serve an order for Talaga to vacate the mayor’s seat.

Ramon, former mayor and now city administrator, said his camp will not stop Alcala from assuming office as long as

Alcala can present documents ordering him to take over.

“If they could not show us anything, no way,” Ramon said.

Ramon had himself substituted by his wife, Barbara, just six days before the elections in 2010. But the substitution was kept secret from their political foes and the city electorate.

In the final tally, Ramon received 44,099 votes while his opponent, Philip Castillo, a former vice mayor, earned 39,615.

Based on existing election laws on substitution, votes for Ramon are considered votes for his substitute.


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Tags: Barbara Talaga , Election , Local authorities , lucena , Politics , Roderick Alcala


  • Garo Ungaro

    thats the problem here…when power plays and loosen power and money some can’t respect that…its mayoralty only but they can’t accept sc ruling…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.pogi Ritchie Angeles Pogi

      dapatcguro bgo tyo bumoto pad isipan munang mabuti…..

      • http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.pogi Ritchie Angeles Pogi

        hehehe wla k ng magagawa cla n ang hari ng lucena e…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    I  SUGGEST  THAT  ALL  MANSIONS   OF  THE  AMPATUANS  IF   FOUND  TO  HAVE BEEN  CONSTRUCTED  USING  GOVERNMENT  FUNDS  OR  IN  SHORT  PART  OF  UNEXPLAINED  WEALTH  SHOULD  BE  DESTROYED  !!. . . TO  SERVE  AS LESSON  TO  FUTURE  CORRUPT   AND  DEMON  WARLORDS . .   HUWAG  NA  TAYONG  MANGHINAYANG. . .OK  LANG  NA  DURUGIN  YONG  MGA  MANSIONS  NA  YON  NA  ITINAYO  SA  GITNA  NG  MALILIIT  NA  KUBO  NG MAHIHIRAP . . 

    • popeyee

      Kung pera man ng bayan ang ginamit sa mga mansion na yan, bakit sisirain? Bakit di gamiting opisina ng gobyerno para pakinabangan? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

    mga ganid sa kapangyarihan….mga sinungaling…mga manloloko….

  • randyaltarejos

    HINDI NA BA MAGBABAGO ANG MGA UTAK NG MGA POLITIKO SA PINAS? GANITO NA LANG BA PALAGI ANG UGALI NATING MGA PINOY? BAKIT KELANGAN MAG KAPIT TUKO ANG ILAN SA ATIN SA KANILANG MGA PWESTO NA PARA BAGANG SILA LANG NG KWALIPIKADO SA PAGIGING OPISYAL NG GOBYERNO? SIGURO ITO NA ANG TAMANG PANAHON NA MAGBAGO TAYONG LAHAT PARA SA IKAUUNLAD NG BAYAN. BIGYAN NATIN NG PAGKAKATAON ANG IBANG MAMAYAN NA GUSTONG MAGSILBI SA BAYAN.

    • batangsulpok

      Habang mga tao ay ibinoboto ang mga ganitong klaseng tao ay walang pag-asang umasenso ang Pilipinas dahil kung maaari siguro pati aso nila ay kumandidato kung nakakasalita lang at iboboto pa rin ng mga bobotante.

  • ODAPAIN

    talagang dapat ng tapusin anti dynasty bill,too many politicians i this country dont want to relinquish power,and its really not doin us any good to see them battle it in court,waste of time  and taxes .kaya mabagal progress ng bayan natin,hindi nagbabago apilyido at dugo ng mga pulitico dito sa Pinas,ang sarap magmura at magwala,dame parin kawawa sa Bayan natin gawa ng kurakot na walang katapusan

  • Kamoteng_Dilaw

    GAHAMAN TALAGA SA POWER ITONG MGA TALAGA. ITO TALAGA ANG DAPAT TALAGA NA WAG NA IBOTO TALAGA NG MGA TAO. MGA EPAL TALAGA.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRRBV5P2GFCWUWT23QMOELEG3I Marco

      yes sir, korek, sa 12 years na ang mga yan ang nasa puwesto, di umunlad ang lucena

      tapos political dynasty pa..

      kawawa naman ang mga taga lucena



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